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3rd Reconnaissance Battalion places in 2018 MARSOC Raider Games

By Cpl. Carl King, 3rd Marine Division

3rd Marine Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Craig Q. Timberlake presents an appreciation coin to U.S. Marines and Sailors attached to 3rd Marine Division April 13, 2018, on Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan. The service members competed in the 2018 Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Raider Games March 18-27. The four man team finished 2nd place out of nine other teams that competed.
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3rd Marine Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Craig Q. Timberlake presents an appreciation coin to U.S. Marines and Sailors attached to 3rd Marine Division April 13, 2018, on Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan. The service members competed in the 2018 Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Raider Games March 18-27. The four man team finished 2nd place out of nine other teams that competed.
U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Division congratulate their fellow Marines April 13, 2018, on Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan, for competing in the 2018 Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Raider Games. The service members competed in the 2018 Marine Special Operations Command Raider Games March 18-27. The four man team finished 2nd place out of nine other teams that competed.
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U.S. Marines with 3rd Marine Division congratulate their fellow Marines April 13, 2018, on Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan, for competing in the 2018 Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Raider Games. The service members competed in the 2018 Marine Special Operations Command Raider Games March 18-27. The four man team finished 2nd place out of nine other teams that competed.
For the first time ever, Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division competed in the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Raider Games on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 18-27, 2018. 

With little time to gather a team, knowledge of the event and time to prepare, 3rd Recon Marines seized an opportunity to succeed and set out for the  games.  
 
“The [Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command] commanding general sent out an invitation to all recon units and we were lucky enough to have the invitation passed down to us,” said Sgt. Pedro Estrada, the training noncommissioned officer for 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion.

With a desire to win,  the command screened Marines from across the entire battalion to select the the most compatible teammates to compete.

During the event,  nine teams went head-to-head through the 10-mile course- all while wearing 45-pound assault packs.  Marines  battled through several evolutions to include marksmanship, casualty care and aquatic rescue. . 
 
Overall, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion took second place, following in trace  of  MARSOC instructors from  the Marine Raider Training Company Assessment and Selection team. 
 
“I’m happy how we performed,” said Estrada, a Miami, Florida, native. “The teamwork and camaraderie that was displayed really shows how strong our brotherhood is.”